Palestinian Crashes Car Into Train Stop, Killing Israeli InfantJonathan Ferziger
A car driven by a Palestinian crashed into pedestrians at a Jerusalem light rail station, killing a 3-month-old infant and injuring at least eight people. The driver was shot while trying to flee on foot.
Police said in a text message that the incident in east Jerusalem late yesterday appeared to be a deliberate attack by a resident of the city’s Silwan neighborhood, scene of recent Israeli-Arab clashes.
The car crash came several hours after Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called for deploying more police to control a surge in violence that began with the killing of a Palestinian teenager in July.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conferred on the incident with senior police commanders and the head of the Shin-Bet domestic security agency, according to a text message. He blamed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, saying the leader has been inciting West Bank residents against Israelis.
Abbas last week called on Palestinians to protect their holy places in Jerusalem against what he described as Israel’s “fierce onslaught.” Abbas’s office declined to comment immediately on Netanyahu’s remarks yesterday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking in Berlin yesterday, urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to negotiations that broke down in April, and called West Bank settlements a “growing challenge to what we call the peace map.”
More than 350,000 Jews live in the territory amid some 2.3 million Palestinians. Another 200,000 Palestinians live in east Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan along with the West Bank in a 1967 war.
Barkat told Israel Radio that increasing attacks against Jewish residents and public transportation have become “unbearable.” He said security forces should take harsher action to control the violence.
Earlier, two Israeli soldiers, one a female officer, were wounded by shots fired from Egypt across the border. Israeli forces fired back and identified a hit, the army said in a text message.